Find Your Voice Children’s Summer Reading Selections

May 24, 2023 | News

Children are invited to participate in our Summer Reading incentive program. With every ten titles read, participants will receive a free book or small prize. Pre-readers are welcome to participate with help from their caregivers. Children’s Librarian Marcia Cannon assembled a unique list to compliment this year’s theme: “Find Your Voice.” Marica chose books that she enjoyed reading in our library collection, both new and older. She noted that “some gave me chills of suspense, chuckles of laughter, or nods of emotional recognition while reading them. Most books on the list won critic’s praise and/or awards from the literary world. Since our summer reading theme is “Find Your Voice”, most of the titles resonate with that theme for children of being seen, being heard, and standing up to be your true self.” 


On August 18, we will celebrate the close of Summer Reading with an ice cream cup giveaway to all participants. The top three readers for the summer in each major age bracket will receive a certificate of $25.00 to a local bookstore. 


Books on the Marblehead Schools Summer Reading lists will be available for check out at the library in late June.


Ages 9-12



Amina’s Voice, by Hena Khan 

Breaking Stalin’s Nose, by Eugene Yelchin 

Can You See Me?, by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott 

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, by Rita Williams-Garcia 

Finally Seen, by Kelly Yang 

From the Desk of Zoe Washington, by Janae Marks

Simon Sort of Says, by Erin Bow 



The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader’s Edition, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, with illustrations by Anna Hymas

Challenges and Rose to the Top, by Kurt Taylor

The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue,Young Reader’s Edition, by Michael J. Douglas and Casey Sherman 

Friendship for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, Young Reader’s Edition, by Malala Yousafzai

Inspirational Sports Stories for Young Readers: How 12 World Class Athletes Overcame 

Voices of the People, by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by various artists

Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels, by Linda Skeers, illustrated by Livi Gosling


Ages 5-8 



Big Truck Little Island, by Chris Van Dusen

Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, by Amanda Gorman with illustrations by Loren Long

Evergreen, by Matthew Cordell 

Knight Owl, by Christopher Denise

Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion, by Shannon Stocker with illustrations by Devon Holzwarth 

Negative Cat, by Sophie Blackall

Stillwater and Koo Save the World, by John Muth

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez, by Andrea Beaty with illustrations by David Roberts



The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science, by Joyce Sidman 

Let the Children March, by Monica Clark-Robinson with illustrations by Frank Morrison 

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by Doreen Rappaport, with illustrations by Bryan Collier

Me… Jane, by Patrick McDonnell


Ages 3-5



The Digger and the Duckling, written and illustrated by Joseph Kuefler

Don’t Eat Bees: life lessons from Chip the Dog, by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt

Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Guy Parker Rees

Hello Lighthouse, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

In Every Life, By Marla Frazee

Jabari Jumps, written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall

Library Fish Learns to Read, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by gladys Jose



Tree Hole Homes: Daytime Dens and Nighttime Nooks, by Melissa Stewart with illustration by Amy Hevron


Ages 0-3



Bedtime, Not Playtime!, by Lawrence Shimel and Elina Braslina

I Am So Brave, by Stephen Krensky 

I Love You like No Otter, by Rose Rosner, with illustrations by Sydney Hanson

Time to Pee!, by Mo Willems



Baby’s First Book of Birds and Colors, by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

Who’s Hiding at the Beach?, by Katharine McEwen